I want to ride my bicycle! Well dese two chaps does!

Hi Efuryone Hawwy here

Now I has bin woofing wiv two pawsome hoomins Steve & Andy who are cycling 100km (62 miles) through de streets of London ofur nite on the 8th/9th June 2013 to raise money for The animal Health Trust www.aht.org.uk

Andy and Steve

Andy and Steve

I caught up wiv dem both to find out a bit more…….

Hi Steve & Andy fanks fur doing de intervoo in de middle of yoo busy training schedule. Steve if I can start wiv yoo;

So how does yoo know Andy?

We are neighbours in Ipswich and we both share a love of the London sights and thought it would be great to take on Nightrider and give something back to the animal health trust in Newmarket. We both have family pet dogs who receive vital treatment at the AHT’s small animal centre.

Has yoo done an event like dis befur?

No this is the first cycling event we have ever done. We are complete novices to cycling in general! We have been training during the past year and are riding longer distances in order to build ourselves up to better fitness! We are both very much looking forward to doing the event but are expecting it to be tough! We have a start time of 23:45 at Alexandra Palace and hope to finish the 62 mile route by breakfast time the next morning!

Does yoo get a sore bottom being in de saddle fur so long? *giggles*

Ha! When we first started thinking about doing this crazy bike ride we got advice from some proper hardcore cyclists who advised us to buy the best pair of padded cycling shorts we could afford – we wouldn’t regret it.  They were right! We both went out and got some proper pants to make this as comfy as 8 hours in the saddle cycling 62 miles can be!

So tell me about Woody.

Woody is a beagle and is our family pet. When he was just 7 months old. He became very unwell and our local vets sent us to AHT where he was diagnosed with steroid responsive menningitis after MRI scans and spinal taps. He stayed with AHT’s Small Animal Centre for a total of 10 days and was very well looked after during his time there. All the staff were excellent and my wife and I received daily updates on his progress. Everyone seemed to share our concerns and really appeared to care about Woody as much as we did.



Wot happened next?

After a period of medication at home, Woody fully recovered and carried on as a normal beagle should! Without AHT’s diagnosis and treatment, Woody would not have got through it. In 2010 we were once again heading to Newmarket with Woody (now aged 7) for another MRI scan which revealed some degenerate discs in his spine. Some very delicate decompressive spinal surgery by the highly skilled vets took place the following day and Woody once again came under the same fantastic care of the whole AHT team for a week. Thankfully he had another full recovery until a minor relapse occured 6 months later, this time in a different place on Woody’s spine. After another MRI scan we were glad to be told by the AHT vets that no surgery was necessary and we were given a course of rest and medication.

How is Woody now?

Woody is fit and well and is genuinely only still with us due to the vets and team at AHT. He is a great dog with bags of character and a special member of our family. That is why I’m choosing to ride the 100km Nightrider for AHT.

Andy ofur to yoo next……..

So Andy, is der lots of people cycling fur AHT on de Nightrider event?

No, unlike a lot of charity events (ie – London Marathon) where many hundreds of people raise money for a single good cause, we are the only people supporting AHT out of around 2000 cyclists who are taking on Nightrider, so your donation means everything! Also, we have both funded our own Nightrider places so 100% of what we raise here will go direct to AHT!

Has yoo suffered fwom any aches and pains in training?

I play hockey quite seriously so quite fit but I do suffer with an occasional hamstring twinge.

Tell me about Chester.

Our Bernese mountain dog Chester first went to AHT aged 2 with eye problems and was diagnosed with having cataracts, but unfortunately due to the severity he went blind in one eye, but the staff at the AHT were really supportive and caring.  They kept reviewing Chester every 6 months as he had developed cataracts in the other eye, but the checks then became less frequent and eventually stopped as Chester’s remaining eye remained stable.



So what happened next?

My wife and I then noticed that Chester’s brother Barkley was not eating as well as he had been and due to the superb support the AHT had provided to Chester, Jo immediately wanted the local vet to refer Barkley to the AHT again for further investigation. The AHT soon diagnosed Barkley as having cancer of the lymph nodes – of course we were devastated with the news!  Barkley started receiving chemotherapy, but the doctors found that within 5 weeks Barkley had developed a further tumour in his lung and they felt it was best for treatment to be stopped and to let Barkley go home and live the rest of his life out in the comfort of his own surroundings.  The staff at the AHT were fantastic and we could telephone the oncologist day and night to ask for any advice. We will never forget the professionalism and friendliness of all involved and for the kind card we received when he passed away.



So why AHT?

Chester and Barkley are no longer with us but the AHT were so supportive during each of our dog’s illnesses and this is the reason we want to try and and give a little something back.  The AHT have recently opened a Cancer Unit at their Newmarket site and as Bernese Mountain dogs are prone to developing cancer we hope that our Nightrider charity bike ride will go towards helping this development.

I understand yoo are also running a competition.Yes, as a little thank-you to anyone donating to us via this Virgin Money Giving page, you will be entered into a prize draw to win the little dog gift box which has been kindly donated to us by Monster Pet Supplies. We will contact the winner of the draw via email during July after the event.




So der yoo have it pals. Wot an amazing fing dese two guys are doing. To find out more about Steve and Andy and follow der training and progress through the nite of the ride then use deses links here

Via Twitter – @Pedalling4Pets
Via Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/stephen.deeath

You can also get in touch on email – pedallingforpets@gmail.com

And most impawtantly sponsor dem here http://t.co/Gp2FhA87

Lots of wuv

Hawwy xxx

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